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White privilege gets explained to Stephen Colbert in terms you definitely need to hear

DERAY MCKESSON, THE ACTIVIST and organizer best known for his work within the Black Lives Matter movement, recently hung out with Stephen Colbert to …

White Privilege

The Private Jets Our Presidential Candidates Fly—and What They Cost

Donald Trump even paid $100 million for his own plane.<p>As presidential hopefuls jet across the country from Iowa to New Hampshire to California and …

New Hampshire

Wanna see Google make all your AI dreams true? Tune in to YouTube on March 9

LAST OCTOBER, a computing system developed by DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence company, beat the European champion player at the game of …

Artificial Intelligence

NTSB Calls for Stronger Lithium Battery Regulations Over Fire Risk

The FAA, NTSB and the country’s main pilot union are warning against shipping large quantities of batteries, and some want them banned on all passenger flights around the world.

Regulation

God was 'vital for the development of civilisation' as we know it

A new study has suggested that belief in all-powerful Gods is absolutely vital for the development of civilisation<p>Religion has been dismissed as the opium of the people by Karl Marx, but a new study suggests that belief in all-powerful Gods is absolutely vital for the development of …

Zika virus found in fetal brain

The<p>Zika virus, thought to be responsible for a surge in birth defects in Brazil, has been found inside the abnormally small brain of an aborted fetus at roughly 29 weeks of gestation, a team of researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.<p>An autopsy of the aborted fetus …

How To Build Or Buy An Oculus Rift-Ready PC

Our build: Less than $1000 with operating system and monitor<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will start to ship in March, but you won't be able to use it if you don't have a relatively powerful computer. If you've already pre-ordered one for $599, and haven't gotten the memo, or are …

Computer Hardware

As Antibiotics Fail, We Need More Vaccines

The global problem of antibiotic misuse that allows bacteria to become resistant can be solved in part by <i>more</i> use—not of antibiotics, but of vaccines and other compounds, which could reduce the occurrence of diseases that antibiotics are otherwise used to treat.<p>That is the latest piece of analysis …

Mouldy luggage delays Nasa launch of space station cargo

Black mould found during inspection, so Cygnus cargo ship had to be unpacked and everything disinfected, pushing launch back to late March<p>Nasa’s next cargo run to the International Space Station will be delayed for at least two weeks after black mould was found in two fabric bags used for packing …

Space Exploration

Amazon Waives Terms of Service in Event of Zombie Apocalypse

Amazon would like you to know that there are some very strict rules about how you can use its new video game software ... unless there are zombies around.<p>The company recently released Lumberyard, a free-to-use platform for video game development that's linked to the Amazon Web Services cloud …

Amazon Web Services

Conviction of UK pedophile raises questions about FBI's child sex abuse sting operation

Data from Operation Pacifier — a law enforcement sting operation that saw the FBI running a child sex abuse site — could have just played a part in convicting a 21-year-old London man, Vithusan Puvaneswaran, for possession of extreme pornographic images of children.<p>Puvaneswaran was sentenced to 12 …

Report: TSMC to be the only manufacturer of processors for the iPhone 7

According to a report from South Korean news outlet The Electronic Times, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, has reached a deal with Apple to be the sole provider of the processor used in the next-generation iPhone. TSMC and Samsung shared the task of building the …

Cisco Is Hopeful Despite Data Center Decline

Wall Street’s recent turmoil is affecting the way companies are buying data center hardware. That’s one of the big takeaways from Cisco’s quarterly …

Cisco Systems

If Star Wars droids have sex, it looks like this

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, droids probably mashed metals.<p>While many of the most famous <i>Star Wars</i> humanoid characters developed …

Target sponsors 4-minute video during Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Target has its bullseye on the "Hollaback Girl" singer.<p>Target is sponsoring a four-minute live video by Gwen Stefani during The Grammy Awards on CBS on Monday, an unprecedented move that capitalizes on the current vogue for live TV events. She'll perform the song "Make Me Like You," …

Clothing

Tesla Fixed a Big Problem With Its Self-Driving Feature

Call it a striking problem.<p>Sometimes the future needs a little adjusting when it arrives. In Tesla’s case, the automaker said it had made changes to …

Tesla

BBC's director general Tony Hall 'accountable to no-one', say MPs

<b>The BBC's director general Tony Hall is "effectively accountable to no-one", a new report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee has claimed.</b><p>The report is calling for a radical overhaul of the corporation's governance, and recommends the abolition of the BBC Trust.<p>It said Tony Hall "operates …

United Kingdom

Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier 'Comic Con'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley.<p>The convergence will occur March 18-20 in San Jose, California, …

Silicon Valley

Family of Unarmed Texas Teen Shot by Cop Calls for 'Fair' Investigation

The family of the unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Austin police officer is demanding a “full and fair” investigation into their son’s death.<p>David Joseph, 17, was shot and killed by police Monday morning, authorities said. His death has perplexed his family, who learned on Tuesday that the …

Law Enforcement

Dallas Bans Erotica Convention to Protect City's Reputation

City officials in Dallas voted Wednesday to ban an erotica convention after some said it would be a detriment to the city’s image.<p>Supporters of the …

New Jersey

The War Over the Pentagon Budget

Budget games have preoccupied the Pentagon almost as long as war games, and this week’s release of President Obama’s final defense spending plan, for …

Military

Kasich plans to sign Ohio bill slashing grants to Planned Parenthood

The Ohio legislature moved Wednesday to cut off $1.3 million in public health grants to Planned Parenthood in a closely watched vote that could have repercussions for the surging presidential campaign of Gov. John Kasich (R).<p>The bill, which cleared the Senate last month and passed the House on …

Planned Parenthood

New York gallery settles law suit over fake Rothko

Court case revealed details of forgeries in a scandal that brought down one of Manhattan's oldest and most respected galleries<p>A court case that shook the New York art world, exposing a seedy world of forgeries, was settled this week shortly before the respected former owner of a gallery was due to …

Ryan Reynolds, sexiest dad alive, gushes about baby daughter James

Doting Deadpool!<p>Ryan Reynoldsshared some sweet words about his daughter James in his latest round of promotional appearances, gushing about his 1-year-old and his wife.<p>The "Deadpool" star, who plays Marvel's foul-mouthed mercenary in this Friday's new release, was named People magazine's Sexiest …

Exercising in your forties could stop brain shrinking

A new study has suggested that exercising in your 40s could stop the brain shrinking, adding years to life expectancy<p>Exercising when aged between 40 and 50 could help prevent the brain shrinking, potentially adding years to life expectancy, a new study has revealed.<p>The research suggests that people …

Terrell Owens Fired A Shot At Cris Carter By Claiming He ‘Begged’ His Way Into The Hall Of Fame

T.O. sure knows how to rile up attention, doesn’t he? Five years removed from the league, Owens is back in the spotlight for his words, again. This time he’s commenting on fellow receiver and Hall of Famer Cris Carter.<p>On Wednesday, Owens went on <i>Mike and Mike</i> and claimed Carter had to “beg” his way …

NFL

Your refusal to join Twitter is taking a toll

Though it's popular with an in crowd of entertainers, politicos and hipsters, the microblogging service is having a hard time getting regular people to join. That's a problem, a big problem.<p>Twitter needs more people to tweet. In its desperation to make that happen, it's taking a page from old …

Social Media

Lebanon to get first Saudi-funded French weapons

The first French weapons from a $3bn Saudi-funded programme will arrive in Lebanon as allies seek to bolster the country's defences against armed groups pressing along its Syrian border.<p>Anti-tank guided missiles were set to arrive at an air force base in Beirut on Monday, overseen by Jean-Yves Le …

Middle East